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There is much to enchant and intrigue in France’s Alsace region any time of the year. A reflection of its historical conquests and occupations, the region is a rich blend of Franco-German cultures and gastronomic and artisan pleasures.
The historic center of Bamberg is the location for 70 quaint stands, vendors offer culinary delights, handmade decorations, textiles, and hot beverages, including wine, beer and liquid chocolate.
Dortmund's remarkable Christmas tree structure is composed of 1,700 evergreens rising 15 stories above Hansaplatz. Nearly 50,000 lights are necessary to fully illuminate the tree at night — a spectacular sight that is visible for several blocks.
If you find yourself in northern Germany this holiday season, consider planning a day to enjoy the five unique Christmas markets and more than 300 traditional wooden stalls set up around the city of Münster.
The beautiful city of Cologne goes all out for the holiday season with seven markets and 110 nativity scenes. Plan a weekend trip and make sure to see the markets at the cathedral, harbor, Neumarkt and Altstadt. 
Thinking of Christmas often conjures up images of snow-covered pine branches decorated with glittering ornaments, steaming mugs of hot chocolate piled with fluffy marshmallows, and favorite scenes and characters from Christmas movies and stories.
Are you willing to venture underground to find that perfect holiday gift?